WILTON \u2014 Thirty residents and some staff members of the School Sisters of Notre Dame on Belden Hill Road have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the town. The 38-acre property is home to more than 70 retired nuns, 15 of whom recently received vaccinations as allowed under Phase 1B. The remaining residents and staff were scheduled to be vaccinated Monday by Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County. Before this outbreak, only one resident had tested positive and died in March. Wilton\u2019s health director has ordered the property and facilities closed to the public and has advised those who was on the property to keep off the grounds. The town has requested a state Department of Public Health COVID-19 response team to assist with the situation and will be onsite beginning Monday. Because it is a non-licensed facility, residents and staff were not eligible to be vaccinated under Phase 1A. The School Sisters of Notre Dame, an order of nuns dedicated to education, was founded in Bavaria in 1833. In 1847, the School Sisters made their way to the United States, and in 1961, the Villa Notre Dame opened Dec. 8 as the mother house for the Northeastern Province on the feast of the Immaculate Conception. The community has been in Wilton for 60 years and educated many former Wilton students. All Wilton residents are asked to be extra vigilant over the next few weeks. Town of Wilton staff and Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County worked with the SSND management to obtain permission to perform the planned onsite vaccinations. \u201cWe are all sadden the outbreak happened prior to those vaccinations,\u201d First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice\u2019s office said in a statement. Residents, along with SSND management, have been diligent throughout the pandemic, the release said. At that time, a section of the facility that was previously dedicated as an Alternate Site for COVID-19-related emergencies, was placed into operation by the management at SSND to isolate and monitor those residents who had been exposed. Wilton\u2019s Health Director worked with SSND management to adopt and implement mitigation strategies. Contact tracing is ongoing by Wilton\u2019s Health Department and the health departments of communities where staff members live. There is no evidence of related community spread within Wilton, officials said. As of Jan. 21, there were 10 new cases in Wilton, totaling 729 from the start of the pandemic. A Wilton father of two, since recovered, was the first COVID-19 case in Connecticut. For community resources and local information on COVID-19, visit wiltonct. org.